Pond and ditch | Waterplants | Living food | Worms | Snails | North sea | Wild flowers | Field flowers | The garden | Climbers | Trees





morfology of the Cyclops



The eye is a simple one, in the middle of the head,
and only differentiates between dark and light.
There are two pairs of antennae , used for fast
swimming. the body has the form of a torpedo.
Copepods use small appendages near their mouths
to capture food: everything thats smaller will be eaten
when the eggs are hatched very tiny nauplii .
Those nauplii change form as they grow.(metamorphosis)





Anatomy of the Cyclops













Hydra is another big enemy, paralysing the cyclose
by stinging them




    Cyclops


    Cyclops Strenuus
    Duits: Ruderfusstiere

    Cyclops are small fast moving animals that live in youre pond. They spend
    most of the day eating algae, just like the waterflee (Daphnia).
    There colour can change, mostly white, but red green and brown are possible.
    The three-spined stickleback is there greatest enemy, and the stickleback prefers
    cyclops above daphnia. But cyclops is much faster then the stickleback.
    Its easy to breed cyclops but breeding daphnia gives a much faster result.
    Its hard to find literature about this subject, but its probably best with
    the use of dead leaves.
    Cyclops can be catched alive in every season, even in wintertime, when its
    hard to find daphnia. They can be find in water were ducks and duckweed lives.
    Remember that cyclops, diaptomus and daphnia have a much lower caloric value then
    bloodworms.


    cyclops,female with eggs in brakkish water.

    the egg and nauplius stadia (the young cyclops).
    Beheavior
    Cyclops are fast horizontale swimmers, using there antenna's to row.
    When in danger they also use their swimming legs.
    They also react much quicker on danger then daphnia.
    Just like daphnia they are attracted by light.
    In the evening they dive to the bottom of the pond.



    copepods (cyclops and diaptomus )are much faster
    then there predators or daphnia: the body of diaptomus
    has a torpedo form






    60x , living , they are hard to vieuw alive as there body
    contains little contrast.






    Nauplii are the first stages of cyclops. A Nauphlus is invisible
    small and feeds on phytoplancton, algae and bacteria.










    visitors: | İ copyright waterwereld 2002-2009 | home | links

    | Email: sysopje@yahoo.com | Dutch Dutch |
    Google
    WWW www.waterwereld.nu